City College Norwich is offering a new Painting and Decorating course for 2019-20, following a successful return of the subject to its construction department this year.
From September, the college will be offering the Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating – and it will also have more places available on the Level 1 course which was reintroduced this year.
The Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating equips students with the basic skills needed to gain work as a painter and decorator or to secure an Apprenticeship place. The new Level 2 Painting and Decorating Diploma will give them the option to stay on and take their skills to a higher level.
The practical components of the Painting and Decorating courses are taught in a specialist workshop, featuring a series of pods in which students put their skills into practice and experiment with their own designs and colour schemes. The workshop was extensively refurbished last summer by the course lecturer, Nigel Etteridge.
Looking ahead, the college hopes to expand the opportunities for its students even further. The advent of T-Levels is set to offer the option of a more advanced level of training that would be combined with a substantial work experience element.
In recent years Painting and Decorating has been taught as one strand of a Construction Multi-Skills Diploma. The move to standalone Painting and Decorating courses has come as a result of employer feedback - with employers increasingly requiring a trade specialism.
Demand for painters and decorators within the construction sector is strong and there are many opportunities for students to develop careers within the industry. Qualified painters and decorators are also well-placed to set up their own businesses, enter property development, or even get involved in heritage construction projects (another developing area in construction at the college).
Nigel Etteridge, Painting and Decorating Lecturer, City College Norwich, said:
“Painting and decorating is a great trade to get into. You can’t beat the job satisfaction from a job well done. The job opportunities and prospects for young people going into the trade are excellent, whether through self-employment, working for larger construction companies, or going into areas such as property development.
“We are really pleased with how the first cohort are doing on this year’s new Level 1 course – and we’re very excited to be expanding that offer for 2019-20.”